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International News December 21, 2014

Gunman with possible revenge in mind kills two NYC police officers

By Sebastien Malo and Ellen Wulfhorst

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

If the killings do turn out to have been motivated by the death of Eric Garner, they could inflame tension over race and law enforcement that have dogged New York City Mayor…

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International News December 20, 2014

EU leaders prepare for long confrontation with Russia

By Alastair Macdonald and Jan Strupczewski

European Union leaders warned Moscow they are ready to flex their combined muscle and “stay the course” in a long confrontation with Russia if President Vladimir Putin refuses to pull back from Ukraine.

“We must go beyond being reactive and defensive. As Europeans we must regain our self-confidence and realise our own strengths,” said Donald Tusk, the former Polish premier who chaired a brief EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.

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International News December 20, 2014

Obama vows U.S. response to N.Korea over Sony cyberattack

By Steve Holland and Matt Spetalnick

President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America.

Obama said the cyberattack caused a lot of damage to Sony but the company should not have let itself be intimidated into halting the public release of “The Interview,” a lampoon portraying the…

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Local News December 20, 2014

Cyprus returns three smuggled ancient pieces of jewellery to Bulgaria

The Director of the Antiquities Department handed over on December 18 to the Ambassador of Bulgaria in Cyprus three ancient pieces of jewellery, part of Bulgaria`s cultural heritage.

According to a press release issued by the Customs Department, the jewellery were handed over during a ceremony held as the Cyprus Museum, at the presence of the Customs Department`s officers and a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

As it is noted, the items were smuggled to Cyprus through…

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International News December 19, 2014

Arguing over Russian reserves: $400 bln or half that?

By Sujata Rao

Defending the rouble has cost Russia around $80 billion this year, and depending on who’s doing the calculations, its usable hard currency reserves are now either starting to run low, or at a healthy $400 billion-plus.

While Russia has only slowed the rouble’s slide, it looks all right by any yardstick of whether its reserves are adequate. According to official data on Thursday, its foreign currency and gold reserves were $414.6 billion in the latest week.

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Local News Sport December 19, 2014

Omonia’s Pote stages war against racism in Cyprus

By Peter Stevenson

Omonia Nicosia’s French-born Benin forward Mickael Pote is waging a personal war against racism in Cyprus.

Pote, 30, has reacted angrily to monkey chants directed at him twice since November and been booked for protesting.

“I’ve heard these sorts of noises before, during a game, but it was usually isolated and so I never reacted. This time it was from a large group which made it difficult for me not to react,” Pote told Reuters.

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International News December 19, 2014

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

By Matt Siegel

Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on Friday, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing.

Australia is in a state of heightened alert after police stormed a Sydney cafe early on Tuesday to end a 16-hour hostage standoff in which three people were killed, including the hostage-taker.

Queensland state police said in a statement…

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Local News December 19, 2014

Social media attacks on Turkish Cypriot politician

By Evie Andreou

TURKISH CYPRIOT politician Dogus Derya has received death threats in the wake of comments she made to the Turkish Cypriot ‘parliament’ earlier this week that many Greek Cypriot women were raped by the Turkish army during the invasion.

Derya, member of the ruling Republican Turkish Party and of the newly established bi-communal Federal Cyprus Movement (FCM) that aims to foster a federal solution to the Cyprus problem, has also received threats of sexual violence as part of…

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International News December 18, 2014

Obesity can be deemed a disability at work -EU court

Europe’s top court ruled on Thursday that obese people can be considered as disabled, meaning that they can be covered by an EU law barring discrimination at work.

The decision followed a question from a Danish court, which was reviewing a complaint of unfair dismissal brought by Karsten Kaltoft, a child-minder, against a Danish local authority.

Kaltoft, who never weighed less than 160 kilogrammes (352 pounds) during his employment, argued that his obesity was one of the reasons he lost…

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Business December 18, 2014

Rouble slides before Putin news conference on Russia crisis

By Timothy Heritage

Russia’s rouble lost more ground against the dollar on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin’s end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by what a government minister called a “perfect storm” hitting the economy.

The rouble was more than 2 percent weaker on the day, despite central bank action to prop up the currency and around 45 percent down against the dollar this year, hit by Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and low oil prices.

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